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High zoot bibs questions(7 posts)

High zoot bibs questionsColnagoFE
Jul 17, 2002 9:17 AM
Thinking of asking for a pair of high end Castellis or Assos bibs for my b-day. I usually use Performance Elite bibs in a size Large. Do these other shorts run about the same? I'm about 6'2" so I'm tall but no giant either. Also which of the shorts are the "best" assuming money was no object? Any other brands I should consider? How about the "full back" as opposed to the strap models? Is the full back better? Am I really gonna notice much difference over the Performance shorts? Had some Assos a long time ago and liked them, but I'm sure they've changed since then.
Jul 17, 2002 9:35 AM
I've never tried Assos so I can't comment but I do have 2 pair of Castelli's. My others are Santini's, Performance, Volers and Exte Ondo's and I wear a medium across the board. Are they worth it? IMO, yes the comfort and the quality is there. The chamois is a little thicker than the above but is very comfy.

For long days I always pull out the Castelli's
re: High zoot bibs questionscurlybike
Jul 17, 2002 9:59 AM
I have some of most brands of bibs and ASSOS are the best for me. Pad comfort esp. Your results may vary.
re: High zoot bibs questionsLLSmith
Jul 17, 2002 10:54 AM
I got some of the Castelli bibs about 6 weeks ago.I was thinking the same thing you were about the value/quality/comfort. They are real nice shorts, but after the first couple rides I could tell no difference between Castelli, Performance or the high end PI's.As far as the full back goes I forgot they even had a full back.
You do tend to get what you pay for. On the DCbill
Jul 17, 2002 1:23 PM
AIDSRide, which sported some trying conditions (heat, miles, RAIN, LOTS OF RAIN), I took Assos, two Volers, and the new Performance Elite. The Volers were a disappointing (although not distant) third. Performance a surprising second, given the reputation of Volers. Assos the clear, outstanding winner. Not that the Performance was less comfortable exactly, but you didn't even know you were wearing the Assos. It was kind of cool.
Looking forward to trying Castelli's. I've heard great things.
(I love the gear. Can you tell that I love the gear?)
Jul 17, 2002 1:55 PM
Buy 'em from, save some dough. (the sell some of the lower end Castelli bibs as well)
re: High zoot bibs questionsjc66502
Jul 17, 2002 8:49 PM
Last week, I got two new pairs of bibs, both in medium: Voler and Castelli Y2Progetto. $45 adn $145, respectively. Is there a difference. Most definately. Is the Voler a 'bad' bib? No. Is the Castelli bib worth the money? I don't know, you have to decide for yourself. For me, the Castelli is absolutely worth every single lira.

The Voler is a decent bib. Not outstanding. Not a POS. Decent, but not great, fit (for me at least). It was about what I expected for $45.

The Castelli bib, on the otherhand, is outstanding in every way. The material is so soft it's almost sexual (I know, this sounds a little over wrought; but it's true.) And the pad is extraordinarily comfortable without being bulky. At $150 a pair, the price seems decadent. But, I think worth it.